In the second season of the small town podcast, host Monica Lacey conducted a series of interviews with artists who are based on Prince Edward Island. Each of the five episodes focuses on a different artistic discipline, bringing two artists together in conversation about their art practices.
Episodes are released weekly, on Thursdays. We hope you enjoy this series and discover some new artists!
Sound, Editing, and Music by Devon Ross, Thin Slice Media
Produced and Hosted by Monica Lacey
Episode 1: Sound Art with Joe Millar & Somnia Lucent
About this Episode:
For this episode, Monica spoke with artists working in sound art: Joe Millar and Somnia Lucent.
FERNLODGE IS JOE MILLAR… A sound sculptor from Prince Edward Island, Canada who has been sculpting and composing sound for the last 25 years. Working with Analog instruments and modular synthesizers he incorporates found sounds and natural acoustics to create works based in fragmented memories from fiction and real events. His lengthy processes and social phobias have unfortunately robbed him of his ability to play in live settings. He works with many fellow sound sculptors across Canada and the rest of the world. He graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design in 1998 with a BFA in sculpture. He now lives in a forest with his lovely wife and little cat named Lucy.
SOMNIA LUCENT gathers sound and garbage from the shores as material for soundscape and sculpture. Through the delicate nature of her work, she searches to harmonize with those who have passed. Listening for their voices, she can be found somewhere in the landscape’s reality, isolating the movement of the wind for compositions which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and healing. Her compositions can be heard on her podcast A Series Of Things, which is set to debut early 2021. With the support of Innovation PEI Arts Grants, she is currently building an instrument to translate the sounds and melodies of the wind.
Episode 2: Photography & Digital Art with Patricia Bourque & Niyi Adeogun
About this Episode:
For this episode, Monica spoke with artists working in photography & digital art: Patricia Bourque & Niyi Adeogun.
PATRICIA BOURQUE is a Canadian Mi’kmaw Photographer from Charlottetown, PEI. Bourque’s work is driven by her love and passion for Mi’kmaw traditional cultural events, live music performances, community events, Island life and the beautiful landscapes and characters around her. She presently sits on the board of directors for The Arts Guild, Charlottetown. Bourque has exhibited at The Guild, the Confederation of the Arts, and Eptek Art & Culture Centre and is part of public collections in PEI.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, NIYI ADEOGUN always had a passion for art since the age of 6. He kept this zeal on hold for a while, until 2017 when he decided to go into graphic/digital arts. Niyi believes he has been given this digital medium to express his creativity and faith deeply. His goal is to inspire people to discover their purpose and passion in life through his art. Over the past years, Niyi has been involved in leading projects, brand identities, and conceptual art. He is open to working with upcoming and established brands to help achieve their goals.
Episode 3: Painting with Daniel MacDougall & Norma Jean Maclean
About this Episode:
For this episode, Monica spoke with artists working in painting: Daniel MacDougall & Norma Jean Maclean.
DANIEL MACDOUGALL is an artist from the unceded territory of the Mi’kMaq Epekwitk, known as Prince Edward Island. He uses materials such as paint, pencils, watercolours, crayons, and other various drawing media to navigate through areas where the internal and external worlds he inhabits overlap. He is searching for a sincere expression that may offer solutions to an absurd and often cruel society he finds himself in. His art practice is currently based at The Vessel in Charlottetown.
NORMA JEAN MACLEAN is a visual artist based in Murray Harbour PEI with a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Painting, performance and installation make up the body of her work. Themes in her painted work focus on the aesthetics of practicality and utility in both found and imagined compositions, as well as using the steps of painting as a process of data collection and a means of digesting experience and the passage of less tangible units such as time with distance. Her performance and installation work use materials and methods of storage and construction to examine emotional and physical experience as practical task.
Episode 4: Dance & Performance with Reequal Smith & Megan Stewart
About this Episode:
For this episode, Monica spoke with artists working in dance & performance: Reequal Smith & Megan Stewart.
The hidden gem behind Oshun Dance Studios and Bahamian Melody is the amazing REEQUAL SMITH. Born and raised on the beautiful Bahama Islands, Reequal created Oshuns Dance Studio to focus on bringing women together to feel empowered and venerated of all ethnicities. She has trained in ballet, jazz, modern contemp, african, aerial ballet and fire dancing. During her career she has performed in multiple shows in hotels and Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival for three years with local artists. A Sopa alumni from Holland College, Reequal has continued her dancing career as an independent artist in Charlottetown. Further taking part in Festivals and events such as; Diversecity Festival, Roma Festival, River Clyde Pageant and Stratford Fall Festival; plus offers dance lessons in all styles of dance. She continues to express her art by fusing cultural patterns together as one creating something beautiful and wishes to bring more excitement and diversity to the PEI Community. Continuously aiming for new heights, Reequal follows these words by Francisco Gella, “Dance because you love it, Dance because you live it, and Dance because you have nothing to lose and everything to share.”
MEGAN STEWART is a theatre artist residing and working in Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island), the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. A director, producer, dramaturg and performer, much of her practice centres upon large-scale collaborative theatre projects, with a focus on community-engaged creation. She has established several outdoor theatre festivals and performance events on PEI, including the inaugural March of the Crows for Art in the Open (2011) with Jamie Shannon and Harmony Wagner; and the Island Fringe Festival with Sarah Segal-Lazar in 2012. She is the artistic director of The River Clyde Pageant, an outdoor, community-engaged theatre production in New Glasgow, PEI which she co-founded in 2016 with Ker Wells. Recent work includes The Flock (Art in the Open 2020); co-curating Art in the Open 2019; and directing Undercurrents for the 2019 edition of Lumière in Sydney, Cape Breton. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts.
Episode 5: Installation & Sculpture with Sarah Saunders & Sandi Hartling
About this Episode:
For this episode, Monica spoke with artists working in installation & sculpture: Sarah Saunders & Sandi Hartling.
Sarah Saunders is an artist based in Prince Edward Island. Her art practice explores themes of vulnerability, endurance, and memory. Taking inspiration from personal objects, her work addresses the temporality of our lives and our place in the natural world. Working primarily in porcelain, her work incorporates ceramic and textile techniques, imagery, and installation. A graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Sarah has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her artwork is included in the collections of the Canadiana Fund, the Province of PEI Art Bank, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and the Burlington Art Centre.
Sandi Hartling is an interdisciplinary artist residing in Avondale, Prince Edward Island. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2007. Recent work includes the exhibition Things We Can Agree On and Other Works of Fiction (Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI), Set Design for Unrealized Production (Nature) (Third Shift, St. John, NB), and Paradise Mirage (Supercrawl, Hamilton, Ontario).